For me and probably to most beadweavers if there’s a beading stitch you can compare, nearest to bead loom its the Square Stitch. This type of stitch is perfect if you want to create colorful rows of beads and patterns, similar to bead loom handmade jewelries.

 

Square stitch is composed of rows of beads, stacked up, parallel with their holes aligned. As you build up your rows you weave in counter and counter-clockwise direction. You can use this as a foundation for your beadwork, or as a base row, or edging.

 

Square stitch starts with a row of beads. To add another row going upward, slide in a bead and place it on top of the last bead from the previous row. Going from right to left, in counter-clockwise direction pass the thread 2x the new bead and the bead just below it.

 

Square Stitch

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Add another bead and place it on top of the bead just below it. Pass the thread 2x in counter-clockwise direction and then you can continue to add another bead.
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If you like to add 3rd row, simply add another bead on top of the 2nd row but this time, from left to right you’ll be weaving clockwise.
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What if you like to increase or decrease the number of beads in a row?

 

Increased Square Stitch

 

Slide in 2 beads and place both on top of each of other. Perform the same weaving technique, either in clockwise or counter-clockwise direction.
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When you reach the other side, add 2 beads and place it on top of each other. One of the 2 beads should complete the previous row then perform the same weaving technique.
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 Decreased Square Stitch

 

Notice your thread (shown in black) is coming out of the last bead from a previous row.
To decrease and skip adding a bead on top of the last bead from the previous row bring the thread (shown in yellow) down to the previous row. Pass into 2 beads and then up the bead where you want to add a new bead, in this case shown in yellow.

 

Now you are ready to start another row of decreased square stitch.
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When you reach the other side and still want to decrease the next row simply follow the previous step.
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Try these featured FREE tutorials so you can practice the Square Stitch.

 

 

Orchid Butterflies by Jayceepatterns.com

Fire Mountain Gems and Beads

 

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Marching Cubes Bracelet by Marilyn Gardiner

 

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Square Stitch Bail for donut pendant by Beading Arts

 

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Square Stitch Butterfly by Whimbeads.com

 

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These videos can also help you perfect your Square Stitch

 

How to Square Stitch Bead Weaving

 

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How to Perform Increase in Square Stitch

 

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How to Perform Decrease in Square Stitch

 

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Hope the diagrams I’ve created are helpful. :)


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